ERIC Number: EJ767348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 19
Looking Forward by Going Back: A School Counselor Educator's Return to School Counseling
Davis, Tamara E.
Professional School Counseling, v10 n2 p217-223 Dec 2006
As school counselors and counselors educators, it is imperative to remain knowledgeable of trends and changes in school counseling. While school counselors experience the daily events and relationships in a school setting, school counselor educators stay informed about trends or changes in school counseling by reading relevant scholarly literature, attending professional conferences and workshops, and supervising school counselors-in-training in their field experiences in schools. However, counselor educators cannot truly emulate the experience of being a practicing school counselor, despite interaction with or supervision of graduate school counseling students in the field. In this article, the author reports the findings of a study she conducted to examine the changes in the field of school counseling over the years. The school in this study is an elementary school in suburban Northern Virginia with a total enrollment of 574 students in the 2003-2004 school year. An analysis of the personal journal entries and observations, which were the basis of data collection, identified five themes that emerged in the study. These themes include: (1) Collaboration; (2) Intensity of issues; (3) Changing needs of a diverse population; (4) Technology; and (5) The impact of testing. Based on the findings, the author cites several insights that she collected from the study: (1) School counselors have an amazing opportunities to impact the lives of students whose needs are ever-changing; (2) Counselor educators who train school counselors can gain great insight by returning to the school setting as a practitioner in order to observe and experience the changes in schools and the impact of those changes on the delivery of effective counseling services; and (3) Further research and the sharing of these experiences is needed and recommended in order to bridge the gap between school counselor preparation and school counseling practices so that future school counseling services build onthe successful and effective experiences of the past and present.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Counselor Training, School Counselors, Field Experience Programs, Counselor Educators, Counseling Services, School Counseling, Elementary Schools
American School Counselor Association. 1101 King Street Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-2722; Fax: 703-683-1619; Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia